NP diploma mills? Are we diluting the profession?

What about 100% online NP programs? How about accelerated or direct-entry NP programs?

This is a response to the following article: Independent practice: Both nurse practitioners and physicians should be outraged

While I’m not supporting or denouncing the article, I do question its motives and stance. I get the feeling it was a bit one-sided. None the less, I felt the article raises a number of sensitive and important areas of concern. Many of them have been submitted as #heysean questions. Here are just some of the talking points:

  • ill-prepared NPs
  • 100% acceptance rate
  • 0 hours working as an RN
  • non-nurse direct entry programs
  • clinical hours: the honor system
  • similar outcomes NP vs. physician


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